Though the summer isn’t the traditional “legislative season,” there are some bills and resolutions seeing some action, not to mention a constant stream of lawsuits which have, will, or might impact ranchers and agricultural producers of the West.
Jamie Oliver—celebrity chef and influential player in the “pink slime” debacle when he doused some beef with household cleaning solution and told audiences that was what was in their children’s school lunches— has launched a new nonprofit group.
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WAS- DE) report came out Thursday, July 11, and was much anticipated on the corn front. Ending stocks of corn—what most were interested in—increased slightly, which had the immediate result of a decent rally in corn futures and a decline in feeders.
Monday, July 1, the downtown streets of Klamath Falls were chock-full of cattle trailers, loghauling semis, and gooseneck trailers. There were signs, honks of support from passersby, and several speakers.
The impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)— colloquially called “Obamacare” in many circles—has inspired many emotions, chief among them being distrust and concern, particularly among rural communities.
Last week’s short trade week saw surprisingly sluggish buying behavior from packers. Because of the July 4 holiday, markets—cash and futures alike—closed early on Wednesday and were closed Thursday, leaving only Monday through Wednesday and some of Friday for trading cattle.
Following recent congressional rumblings on the topic of antimicrobial use in food animals, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, introduced the “Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013” to the Senate on June 27. The bill—which lacked a number at the time of writing—is the Senate version of H.
In the last week of June, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) sent a letter to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) requesting permission to allow heavier cattle as deliverable on the CME live futures contracts.
The most recent Cattle on Feed report showed that cattle in feedlots of over 1,000 head capacity were down as of June 1, and placements into and marketings out of the same feedlots during the month of May were also down.
In its continuing effort to connect consumers to their farmers—and producers to helpful industry contacts—USDA’s “Know your farmer, Know your food” program has created a powerful online search tool called “Compass.